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Shore Crab was originally released in 2005 and
included recordings of poems written by
Gerry Cambridge titled Madam Fi Fi’s Farewell,
Shorecrab and Thought of Snow.

Since this time I have set music to further poems
written by Gerry and decided to reissue Shorecrab
to include the new compositions.

Two original recordings from the 2005 release remain;
Madam Fi Fi’s Farewell and Thought of Snow.

Four new recordings are included; Fallen Maple Leaves,
Snawdraps and Gem Anemone from Gerry’s 1999 book of poems,
Nothing but Heather! and Minister of Air from his 2003 publication
Madam Fi Fi’s Farewell and other poems.

In addition Shore Crab has been re-recorded for the new release
and The Nature of Burns from Nothing but Heather! originally featuring on my 2001 release, Common Ground, has been added.

I hope you enjoy listening to the result, which finally brings together a
unique collection of Gerry’s delightful poems set to music.
More information about Gerry can be found on his website at
www.gerrycambridge.com

Mind o Shug the Claw!

Neil Thomson 2016

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released August 24, 2016

Special thanks to:

Aiden O’Rourke, Fiddle on ‘Nature of Burns’.

Nick Turner for the use of his underwater
Audio sample featuring on ‘Gem Anemone’.
Recorded 30 feet underwater off Ardnamurchan Point
featuring the sound of 'Pistol Shrimps'
jetting water to catch prey. The recording
forms part of the deep sea light project.
www.watercolourmusic.co.uk

Shore Crab artwork: design links

Nature photography: Gerry Cambridge
www.gerrycambridge.com

Recorded at Watercolour Music, Ardgour
Mixed by Nick Turner and Neil Thomson.
Mastered by Nick Turner

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Neil Thomson Crieff, UK

Neil's writing is mainly but not solely inspired by his native Scotland. It's roots, people, tradition and natural environment
provide inspiration for creating music in his own relaxed, gentle style.

He enjoys setting his music to traditional poems sung in Old Scots and in particular the poetry of Gerry Cambridge.
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Track Name: Madam Fi Fi's farewell
MADAMe FI FI’S FAREWELL

Rattle down the shutters, cast away the key,
Relinquish the rivers at last to the sea,
Old Jock of Lochranza,
Taut as a stanza,
Can come no more for me.

My eager sole visitor was planted this week,
Six decades beyond his potency’s peak;
He was the salty, last
Proof of my glorious past;
From here, the sea looks bleak.

It’s out with the pension, no more red heels
To clack down the pier among wet nets and creels;
I can’t turn a head
( When they are all dead )
From the sea’s late purples and steels.

Hang up my whip, my scents, the tools of my trade,
That kept the fish-scaled men unstaid;
From the tedium of wintered lives,
Beyond the scowls of island wives,
Released them, glad-afraid.

Young men of Lamlash, Blackwaterfoot, Corrie,
Be you built like a rabbit, a shark, or a lorry,
It’s off with this make-up
That let your dads wake up,
And I am sorry.
Track Name: Fallen Maple Leaves
FALLEN MAPLE LEAVES

Like jigsaw pieces to an
unfound puzzle,drawn up
from where we lie now we
were each a bud that swayed
on the blue and white, then
made all summer a
submarine shade with our
rustling high society.

Now we are colours of blood
and butter and bronze,
wind-shaken down from
our lofty tree,
and not to be shamed
by our last flamboyance
before we re-enter
mud’s democracy.
Track Name: Shore Crab
SHORE CRAB

Haw, Jimmy, dinnae mess wi me.
Fancy yer chances eh? Eh? We’ll see.
Naw, they dinnae caw
me Shug the Claw
fer naethin. Mon, square go then. Srang,
ye feart? Ahve taen a haill gang
o the likes o ye at wance.
Dinnae reckon yer chance
noo, eh? When ye get tae hell
ah’ll be waitin there fer ye. Caw
me a scroonger, eh? Aye, awa
an rin ti yer maw
ya wimp! Mind o Shug the Claw.
Track Name: Minister of Air
the MINISTER OF AIR

I’m the minister of air,
And I’ve no care,
A sleepy sculptor’s error
Saved me from his terror
Of underground.

In the vertical miles up here
I gallop or poise, quite clear;
I lounge in the light’s bounty
Above the whole spring county
Shining round.

I’m the minister of air
Not of lips or bone or hair:
No taut nets of the flesh
Catch me in their mesh –
I’m free as rays.

I sparkle about you now,
The rustler of the bough,
The vessel for that star
Whose blistering rays you are –
And envier of your days.
Track Name: Snawdraps
SNAWDRAPS

The blintert snawdrap can manage wi’oot
thae dowless flooers yirdit wi doot;
Fir it can match Orion’s pooers
richt throu the skinkling wee sma oors;
sae up it cams, an mebbe gies
thee laggard bauchles, bi degrees
smeddum frae shame ti cam up tae
intil the air an the sin’s ray;
but it’s the yin that sterts the spring.
It sets the sun abune aa thing.
Track Name: Thought of Snow
the THOUGHT OF SNOW

The thought of snow,
At least, I like, because —
Despite what it makes
Of the world below
(Or that world makes of it) — it starts
With the aim of perfection:

Building itself to a lattice of white
On every mote of dust
Miles above, in cold —
Though it dies in disgrace in the streets of towns:
A tramp who had known big ideas,
A genuine artist, once,
A wasted prodigy, but beginning well.
Track Name: Gem Anemone
GEM ANEMONE

Under the sea
by day and night
The Gem anemone
which needs no light
no bigger across than a fingernail
stickily
captures the plankton.
While, in our peculiar air,
we multifariously
live, eat, sleep
the Gem Anemone
attached to its constant rock
down there.
sways
in the tides
like a dancer,
mortal as us,
To it’s unheard music that will have no end
Track Name: The Nature of Burns
the NATURE OF BURNS

It’s not the rivers but the burns—
their unexpected dips and turns
like a poets verse inspired—
I like the most, chuckling alive
not gravid; shallow, mainly, an happy with it,
clean on their gravel beds, too quick
to suffer the reflection of a star.
Each with the happenstance of lyric,
like the burn at Candymill
punctuated by dippers,
that;s never still
except in drought, lovely liquid syllables
weaving their sentence of life around the hill;
music
startling me into the world from my head out
under the starry gossips.
Or this burn at Stronchullin
in Argyll, day and night
its flow of light and dark
Through the glen of lichens and emerald mosses.
It’s not the rivers but the burns....
Where the sweetest water runs.
Where the spawning salmon go.